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  • Weekly Round Up #51: SONA, Twitter Q4 results, French giant AXA buys stake at AIG, Quantum Break

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporters Jacques Coetzee and Graham van der Made. The team talks about the SONA hitting all the right notes on social media whilst Jacob Zuma hit all the wrong ones in his speech, Twitter's Q4 2015 earnings, French insurance giant AXA buying an eight percent stake in Africa Internet Group (AIG), one of the continent’s largest ecommerce players, for over €75-million (over US$83-million) and Quantum Break PC...

  • Twitter Q4 results: revenue on the up even as user growth stagnates

    There is a joke that goes, a Russian ship is on the ocean, a voice comes over the radio to the controller room "Help, help, I am sinking", the operator mistakes the man for a heavily inebriated Russian man, who is not sinking but thinking but struggling to pronounce it and he too responds in his equally heavily Russian accent, "Hello, hello, what are you sinking about?". This is how things are crumbling around Twitter and will soon crumble underneath it. The experts, users, and journalists keep suggesting what Twitter needs to do and the stagnant user growth proves...

  • Jack Dorsey gives a pep talk to keep the fire burning at Twitter

    Things appear pretty salty over at Twitter right now, no thanks to the recent exodus of high-ranking executives. This was the second round of Twitter employees leaving the company in the space of six months. It comes as no surprise then that Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, gave a pep talk to fire up the troops at Twitter headquarters. During the biweekly meeting at Twitter's San Francisco headquarters, Jack Dorsey gave a talk that inspired, or terrified, employees to tweet about how much they love -- and are committed to -- the company using the #oneteam hashtag. While the content of his address is...

  • Four top executives leave Twitter, Jack Dorsey announces

    Jack Dorsey might be doing his utmost to rescue Twitter and make it a viable business, but that hasn't stopped people jumping ship. In a post published on Twitter, Dorsey announced the departures of executives who oversaw the product, engineering, media and HR teams. The executives include Vice President of Human Resources, Katie Jacobs Stanton, the company’s VP of global media; Kevin Weil, SVP of product; and SVP of engineering Alex Roetter. Also departing Twitter is Jason Joff, GM of Vine. This is not the first time that Twitter that employees have departed the company since Dorsey's return. A...

  • Twitter slowly returns to life after worldwide downtime [Update]

    Update #6: : Twitter.com is now accessible. nearly two full hours after it first went down. If it's still down in your area, drop us a comment in the section below. Update #4: It seems that Twitter is slowly creeping back into life. The Twitter mobile app on Android seems to be working for us at the...

  • Weekly Round Up #47: Rickman, Bowie, Tesla factory, The Star’s awks moment, regulating OTTs

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Jacques Coetzee about the deaths of actor Alan Rickman, star of Die Hard, Harry Potter and Love Actually, and David Bowie, singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, painter, actor and also part time soothsayer. The team also talks about The Star newspaper falling hard for Twitter fiction and forgetting basic Journalism rules, government and service providers' plan to regulate OTT's like Whatsapp and Tesla's gigafactory that...

  • The Star newspaper falls for a fictional brutal death story told on Twitter

    On 8 January 2016, a Twitter user by the name of January 21st (@JustKhuthi) began tweeting a 70-tweet long story about a gruesome killing of a girl named Kamogelo Peterson (Kamo). The first tweet was on 8 January 2016 and the rest followed on 10 January 2016. Twitter users were aghast and offered their sympathies. The handle @JustKhuthi retweeted some of the reactions using the hashtag #RIPKamo. The Star newspaper picked up on the story and published it as news. It has now emerged that the story is a work of fiction. According to the story, Kamogelo Peterson had...

  • Weekly Round Up #46: Racism on social media, Netflix in Africa, CES and Twitter’s 10K characters

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, in our very first podcast for the year 2016, Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker about the recent racism rows on the South African Twitter streets, Netflix coming to South Africa and other 130 African countries, CES and Twitter's 10K characters. Read more below: Estate agent calls black people ‘monkeys’ in racist Facebook post This viral Facebook post is the perfect shutdown to SA’s beach racists #PennySparrow: Twitter isn’t buying estate agent’s half-baked apology Standard Bank economist in...

  • #ZumaMustFall: South Africans voice concern, frustration after Nene axing

    Twitter is filled with tweets voicing people's concern and frustration over South Africa's future. This comes after the surprise announcement by President Jacob Zuma in sacking the Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene. As the trend goes these days, many South Africans used the hashtag #ZumaMustFall to direct their anger and shock towards their president. According to Curator, over 18 500 tweets with the hashtag #ZumaMustFall has been sent over the last 24 hours. As the tweet count for #ZumaMustFall spiked, so did the dollar-to-rand exchange rate. The rand's value dropped from its already weak R14.89 to R15.13 against the US dollar. At...

  • #UFOSA sighting, crash site is an elaborate marketing campaign by FutureLife, Clover

    Twitter was in a state of confusion over the past weekend in South Africa, when people started reporting UFO sightings around the country. Images and videos, along with the hashtag #UFOSA, caught what appeared to be a green light hovering over Sandton, Johannesburg as well as parts of Cape Town and Durban. While theorists suggested it to be part of a marketing campaign for HSBC Cape Town Sevens to take place in December, others naturally pointed to aliens. Now that South Africans have finally discovered the "crash site", it seems we have finally uncovered the truth. Fact or Fiction? Aliens spotted...

  • Weekly Round Up #43: Paris attacks, AfricaCom, YouTube Offline, Is Cape Town the best startup hub?

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor, Andy Walker and Staff Reporter, Jacques Coetzee. The team discusses the Paris attacks and the backlash Facebook faced for deploying its Safety Check tool there but not elsewhere. The team wonders about the ethics of brands exploiting the various conversations about Paris that dominated social networks to sell any Paris related item. Also up for discussion this week is the 18th annual AfricaCom 2015 conference, YouTube introducing its offline capabilities to the South...

  • Multiple users report mass Twitter outage [update]

    Update: Twitter connectivity has been restored for us at least in South Africa, including Twitter.com and Tweetdeck. If you're still experiencing issues, drop us a comment below. One of the world's most popular web services has just gone offline. Based on posts on Facebook, Tumblr and Reddit, the site dropped off the grid just before 12:00 South African time. The last time Twitter's domain faced an outage was in September this year. The outage lasted for about an hour. In the same month, the world also experienced a mass Skype outage as well, which plunged much of the conference call world into...

  • Weekly Round Up #41: Mxit closure, Venture Capital, Halo 5, Twitter and Apple financials

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker, Sales Manager Nick Thomson, and Staff Reporters Graham van de Made and Jacques Coetzee. The team discusses the collapse of Mxit, SAVCA's survey on Venture Capital in South Africa, Halo 5, Twitter and Apple financial reports for the Q4 2015. The team talks about what games, television series, movies they are looking forward to playing and things get awkward when Stu reveals that he is looking forward to playing a...

  • 10 of our favourite snaps from the blood-red #SuperMoon eclipse

    Stargazers from the Americas, Europe and Africa were over moon this weekend, as they stared through their phones' screens to capture and share a very special astronomical event. Not only did the lunar eclipse make the moon appear red, the moon also passed closest to the Earth's surface -- appearing 14% larger than usual. The so-called supermoon or bloodmoon event is a rare celestial occurrence which was last observed in 1982 and won't happen again until 2033. Of course, the early 1980's lacked today's advanced telescopic and photographic equipment, meaning that this is the first time the Instagram and Twitter...

  • Instagram scandal: Grove on ‘unpaid leave’, Cape Town Partnership boss speaks out

    In the wake of the Skye Grove Instagram scandal, the CEO of Cape Town Partnership, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana on Wednesday issued a statement in support of Grove in her capacity as head of communications of the organisation. In an email circular to the Cape Town Partnership community Makalima-Ngewana writes: “I believe that Skye’s actions in her private life have not detracted from the value she adds to our organisation. Nor do I have reason to believe that she’s been responsible for any misdemeanors in the course of her work at the Cape Town Partnership.” The Cape Town partnership is a public-private-NGO, formed...